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Thursday 19 October 2017
Top 10 Interview Tips

Top 10 Interview Tips

  1. Be punctual – Aim to arrive at the interview at least 15 min’s before the scheduled time - allow time for unplanned delays. Ensure you know where the location is and if necessary drive the route prior to the day of the interview to ensure you have your bearings.

  2. Dress appropriately – Ensure that you are aware of the dress code which employers would consider to be standard within the sector which you are interviewing. Whether this be formal or informal ensure that you are well groomed.

  3. Research – Ensure you thoroughly research the company whom you are interviewing with. Research the position itself, in terms of their expectations for the role (or similar roles within the industry). Research how you can potentially make a difference in the role to the company in question, given their corporate goals and objectives in relation to their ‘core business’.

  4. Listen – Listen carefully during the course of the interview and ensure that you answer the question which you are asked.

  5. To the point – Keep your answers to the point and eliminate unnecessary long-winded dialogue.

  6. Ask Questions – Be sure that your questions are relevant and demonstrate that you have an appreciation for the responsibilities which the position for which you are interviewing would entail.

  7. Body Language – Consider that 30%-35% of what people convey is verbal – the remainder is based upon each of: facial expressions, body movement and eye contact. As a result ensure you make eye contact (but don’t stare!) and ensure that you demonstrate your interest in and enthusiasm for the position by leaning toward the interviewer.

  8. Put yourself in the interviewers shoes – Consider yourself in the interviewers position and given that it is likely that they will be interviewing multiple candidates for the position and may hear an number of canned answers to specific questions, as a result decide how you can potentially differentiate yourself from other candidates with your answers.

  9. Salary Expectations – Try to avoid setting specific salary expectations in the interview itself until such a time as you have a full appreciation for the scope of the role and its expectations, however it may be worth asking what salary range the position for which you’re interviewing fits into.

  10. Don’t put down your current employer – as you’ve no doubt gained some great experience in this role (even if there were some negatives) which have most likely put you in a position where by you are now in a position to interview for this new role – focus on the positives and what you can take from your current role into this new position to develop further and contribute positively to this interviewing company.